Report on the air accident near Øian Airfield in Meråker in the county of Trøndelag, Norway on 7 November 2018 with Van's Aircraft Inc. (EX) RV-6, LN-AAL

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Description

Earlier that afternoon, the commander and his brother had taken off from Trondheim Airport Værnes (ENVA) for a VFR flight in the local area. The flight went via Selbu and Tydal before heading north towards the Meråker Airfield Øian to do some landing circuits. The aircraft lost control shortly after the second take-off and crashed into dense forest approx. 800 meters north of the end of the runway. The two on board was fatally injured.

Following its investigation, the Accident Investigation Board has established that the weather conditions at Øian were highly unusual and challenging on the day of the accident.

At the time, an extreme temperature inversion occurred in Central Norway. Calculations have shown that there may have been strong downbursts and rotor winds at Øian Airfield on this particular day. The AIBN finds it likely that the commander unexpectedly entered this weather phenomenon shortly after take-off and lost control of the aircraft, so that it crashed just north of the airfield.

Location
Near Meråker Airfield Øian, Trøndelag county, Norway
Occurrence date
07.11.2018
ICAO Location indicator
ENVA
Aircraft
Van's aircraft serie
Operator
Private
Registration
LN-AAL
Meteorological conditions
VMC
County
Trøndelag
Type of occurrence
Accident
Type of operation
Private
Category of operation
Light, aeroplane (< 5 700kg)
Aircraft category
Landplane, Single-engine, Piston engine
FIR/AOR
ENOB (Bodø FIC/OFIR)
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